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Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has had his say on Mateusz Klich, urging Leeds to keep hold of one of their star men.
Klich has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, attracting the interest of Burnley in recent times as a number of Leeds’ key men are linked away.
A part of the squad have been in Australia over the past week for games against Manchester United and Western Sydney Wanderers but Klich was one of the players to stay behind.
“He was nearly sold last year, he wasn’t in the plans of Marcelo Bielsa. It was only through injury he got his opportunity so he actually surprised everybody.
“The goals he scored last season, his performances were fantastic, he gives you that little bit of cutting edge going forward. I wouldn’t be looking to sell. He could be a player that’s invaluable to Leeds like Kalvin Phillips.”
A year ago it would have been extremely unlikely that these words would have been muttered, which is rather symbolic of the stunning turn in fortunes the 29-year-old has experienced.
After arriving at Leeds in 2017, he struggled to get into the side, starting just once before being loaned out to FC Utrecht.
In the Netherlands, he played 16 times whilst having a hand in three goals.
However, he could have been on the move permanently after that, being linked to Lech Poznan last summer.
Therefore, it’s rather incredible that Whelan is now sitting here suggesting that he could become invaluable to Leeds.
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Indeed after last season, he is right to suggest that Marcelo Bielsa and Co must hold onto him.
Selling to Burnley or any other potential suitor must be forgotten about.